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My First #LuxArt Class Competition!

In this blog post, I discuss making student designed artwork using bioluminescent bacteria as "paint." As student "buy in" is critical for any course, such fun "creative" approaches act synergistically to improve learning and outcomes. Feel free to vote on your top six images---the students ar... Read More

BacterioFiles 231 - Creating Cancer-Killing Cultures

This episode: Engineering Salmonella strains that kill cancer cells but leave healthy ones alone!

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TWiV 356: Got viruses?

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove Read More

Unknown Bacillus #2

Students swabbed the lab bench at the end of class. The TSA plate was grown for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then let set for 2 days at room temperature. The close up of one of the colonies was white/matt through out, with rhizoid/undulating growth. This is more than likely a Bacillus spp which is com... Read More

Unknown Bacillus

Students swabbed the lab bench at the end of class. The TSA plate was grown for 48 hrs at 37 degrees C then let set for 2 days at room temperature. The close up of one of the colonies was yellow/mucoid through out, with rhizoid growth. This is more than likely a Bacillus spp which is commonly f... Read More

TWiM #112: Mushroom pickers and mushroom kickers

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloMichael Schmidt, ... Read More

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Mysterious fungus killing snakes in NY, at least 8 other states | wivb.com - http://wivb.com/2015/08/10/mysterious-fungus-killing-snakes-in-ny-at-least-8... Read More

Campylobacter jejuni on CCDA.

Isolate of C.jejuni after 48hours of incubation at 42 degrees Celsius under microaerophilic environment. (Campy gel and CO2 jar) . Read More

Chip-based technology enables reliable direct detection of Ebola virus

A team led by researchers at UC Santa Cruz has developed chip-based technology for reliable detection of Ebola virus and other viral pathogens. The system uses direct optical detection of viral molecules and can be integrated into a simple, portable instrument for use in field situations where r... Read More

New clues on the history of the smallpox vaccine virus

Smallpox - simply hearing the word evokes images of countless people suffering gruesome deaths throughout recorded history. Known scientifically as variola, the virus had 30 percent mortality rate and survivors were branded with pox scars for life. For millennia, physicians often did more harm t... Read More

Wasps do a gain-of-function experiment in caterpillars

Parasitic wasps inject their eggs into lepidopteran hosts, where they carry out their developmental stages. Along with the eggs, the wasps also deliver viruses carrying genes encoding proteins which inhibit caterpillar immune defenses. Some of these genes are permanently transferred to the lepid... Read More

Vaccination on the horizon for severe viral infection of the brain

Researchers from the University of Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich reveal possible new treatment methods for a rare, usually fatal brain disease. Thanks to their discovery that specific antibodies play a key role in combating the viral infection, a vaccine against the disease "progress... Read More

Ticks carrying Lyme disease found in South London parks

Visitors to two popular parks in South London are at risk of coming into contact with ticks that can transmit Lyme disease to humans, according to new research published in Medical and Veterinary Entomology. Read More

Humans differ in their personal microbial cloud

Dispersal of microbes between humans and the built environment can occur through direct contact with surfaces or through airborne release; the latter mechanism remains poorly understood. Humans emit upwards of 106 biological particles per hour, and have long been known to transmit path... Read More

Antibacterial soap no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial contamination

Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Read More

Prion disease detected soon after infection and in surprising place in mouse brains

Prion diseases--incurable, ultimately fatal, transmissible neurodegenerative disorders of mammals--are believed to develop undetected in the brain over several years from infectious prion protein. In a new study, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists report they can detect infectious pr... Read More

Bayer Seperated with Coverstro and Will Develop Its Business in Life Science

BOC Sciences-Bayer as a well known German based multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company recently separated with Coverstro both economically and legally. And after the independence, Bayer will be developed into a pure and leading life science company according to the latest official new... Read More

The bacteria-fighting super element that’s making a comeback in hospitals: copper

Ancient Egyptians used copper to sterilize chest wounds and drinking water. Greeks, Romans and Aztecs relied on copper compounds to treat burns, headaches and ear infections. Thousands of years later, the ancient therapeutic is being embraced by some hospitals because of its ability to kill bact... Read More

A Compound from Beet Juice is Beneficial to Heart Failure Treatment

BOC Sciences-Scientists team from Washington University inspired by their previous study on beet juice that athlete drink for better muscle performance, and found nitrate existing in the juice can be helpful in the treatment of heart failure. Read More

BacterioFiles 230 - Plant Prokaryotes Promote Protein Production

This episode: Bacteria in and around plants can help fertilizer them, even in non-legume plants!

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